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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI all over again?

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rshowalter - 10:36am Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7493 of 7502) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

A good move -- that may be part of the best missile defense of all:

Powell Urges Russia to Press North Korea on Talks by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

the N. Korean's need some help, and have plenty of psychic injuries

North Korea, TV Nation by RUSSELL WORKING

For them, after our bombing killed 2 million North Koreans, ( MD1308 rshowalter 3/22/01 11:48am ) we are the enemies -- and Russia is not. Maybe things can be worked out here. If so, it may be that the US will be the last major nation on good terms with N. Korea.

That might be all right.

lunarchick - 10:45am Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7494 of 7502)

    "Carlyle is as deeply wired into the current administration as they can possibly be," said Charles Lewis, executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit public interest group based in Washington. "George Bush is getting money from private interests that have business before the government, while his son is president. And, in a really peculiar way, George W. Bush could, some day, benefit financially from his own administration's decisions, through his father's investments. The average American doesn't know that and, to me, that's a jaw-dropper." (Wayne)
A friend went over to LA a while back. He said it would be hard to self educate via LA TV media, because much was superficial. The news was sound grabs, lacking depth and explanation - on the station used by the ESL household.

Moving from broadcast media to individual interactive media - how would people get to know about issues that weren't drawn to their attention. Still comes back to the Journalist or documentary maker putting material together that can be easily absorbed, understood, critised ... and enabled to enter into public consensus of opinion.

rshowalter - 11:00am Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7495 of 7502) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

That's right. I'm no good at that.

All I can do is gather background, and keep making connections. And try to get into fights where things can be made clear. Not graceful, and not very effective.

But real journalists are more powerful.

When people are ready to listen, good ideas, clearly understood and then clearly, concisely and beautifully expressed, can really propagate through the culture.

lunarchick - 11:02am Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7496 of 7502)

People everywhere get out with a banner when they feel they 'understand' and issue - rightly or wrongly:

    In central Seoul some 300 anti-American protesters chanting ``Stop the Star Wars madness!'' rallied against the United States for pursuing a high-tech missile defense system that they say has disrupted relations between the two Koreas. (AP)
Yet, no-one's in the USA street with the auditor checking regarding defense expenditure - used for mad schemes - according to the above Koreans.

rshowalter - 11:05am Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7497 of 7502) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

It helps when journalists have good diplomatic relations to other organizations -- including political parties and governments. If there were facts and relations that members of the EU, or other nations, wanted considered, then it would be hard to keep those facts and relations under wraps.

It may be that, in the United States, "everyone in power is corrupted enough to be deterred."

But that might not be true - in the past it hasn't been true.

And the rest of the world has an interest in getting this straight (including some protesters in Korea).

lunarchick - 11:09am Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7498 of 7502)

Seems the USA may have to rely on 757 loads of Koreans bringing their banners with flag-waving to Washington ... to draw the attention of the USA public to MAD issues!

[note: the climate map of Korea resembles a dog or rabit to be held by the ears]

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